Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
May 16th, 1990. Less than a year later another major puppeteer, Richard Hunt, died of AIDS complications. This was a major blow to the 'Muppets', but they dusted themselves off and moved on.
F. It said "Featuring Frank Oz." Jim was never one to praise his own work or take extra credit - he surrounded himself with brilliant performers and wanted to share it equally. But it did feature Frank because he performed Piggy, Fozzie, Animal, Marvin Suggs, Sam Eagle and multiple smaller characters.
No. At the beginning, in 'Sam and Friends', he was just a weird creature, and then he was refined to be a frog.
Sam and Friends. He had a timeslot on a Washington DC TV channel that was immediately before the 'Tonight Show', and that spawned his career.
He knew people named Kermit. He had 2 friends named Kermit, so he named his creation after them.
Yes. He taught a master puppetry class at the Institue for Puppet Theaterin Charleville-Mezieres, in France. Passing on knowledge was a one of the most important things to Jim.
Fraggle Rock. Though he had nothing to do with Muppet Babies aside from creating the characters, he did not perform regularily in Fraggle Rock. He occasionally made appearances as Cantus or Convincing John, but those were seldom. He of course hosted the Jim Henson Hour, and he had passed away by the time Muppets Tonight! landed on ABC.
No. He was described as "The Gentle Giant" as he was 6 feet tall and people who worked for him for over 20 years had never seen him angry. If he WAS angry, he might turn pages of a magazine faster than usual - but he never yelled at people.
Harry Belafonte. As stated on the Muppet Show DVDs from Time Life by Brian Henson, Harry Belafonte and Jim shared the same vision of a peaceful world, and that episode was his favorite.
No. Frank Oz, his partner in puppetry, performed Cookie.
5. His sons Brian and John are puppeteers, and the rest of his children, Cheryl, Lisa, and Heather are all involved in the company in some fashion.
Harry Belafonte to perform. He wanted it to be a celebration of his life - not sad and teary. Harry Belafonte DID play at the service, singing a beautiful rendition of the song he did on the Muppet Show years before that - "Turn the World Around", but it wasn't a request of his.
Bacterial Pneumonia. He thought he just had a cold. He didn't want to bother anyone with his being sick. At about 4 in the morning he said "My heart's racing - I can't calm down. Okay, call a cab." He was dropped off at the wrong entrance, and walked the extra 2 blocks to get inside the hospital so as not to bother the cab driver. A few hours later, he was dead. The doctors said that if he had come in a few hours earlier he'd still be alive.
Muppetvision 3D. He was not alive to work on 'Muppet Christmas Carol', 'The Muppets take Manhattan' was made several years before his death, and 'Muppets in Disney World' was the 2nd to last thing he ever worked on.
Maury. James Maury Henson is his full name.
Wizard of Oz. He stated much later in his life that he was petrified of the MGM lion.
University of Maryland. Though he grew up in Mississippi, he went to college out of state.
September 24th, 1936. He actually shares the same birthday with Steve Whitmire, a fellow Muppeteer and the voice of Kermit.
1955. Kermit was constructed from a spring coat abandoned by his mother and two halves of a ping-pong ball.
Sam and Friends. The show debuted on May 9, 1955 and ran until December 1961, winning a local Emmy in 1958.
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Jane Nebel. They were married in 1959. His mother was extremely unhappy about the idea of him being married with a beard, so he shaved it off and sent it to Jane with a note saying, "From Samson to Delilah."
The Wizard of Oz. He later reported being terrified by the MGM lion.
Dear. It was Dear who encouraged Jimmy to cherish the world of the imagination.
Paul, Jr.. In April of 1956, Paul was killed in an automobile accident.
September 24. His father, Paul, was an agricultural research biologist with the US Department of Agriculture. His mother, Betty, stayed home with Jim and his older brother.
Greenville, Mississippi. He grew up in nearby Leland.